Hot-wheeled seniors given a lesson or two about hooning
THERE will be no hooning down the grocery aisle for a group of Hervey Bay seniors who were given a mobility scooter safety lesson on Wednesday morning.
The scooter safety and education session, organised by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, busted myths about seatbelts, drink-scootering and speeding before allowing the group to put their skills to the test on an obstacle course.
Community engagement officer and organiser Julie de Waard said with up to 2000 scooter users on the Fraser Coast, rider safety is extremely important for pedestrians and users to avoid crashes.
"There is the occasional 'close shave' between riders and pedestrians," Ms de Waard said.
"Especially in areas when it is congested, a scooter is heading towards someone and is taking some time to stop and maybe that pedestrian is on their phone or not paying attention and there is an incident."
She said there were times when the rider was not doing the right thing.
"There are scooter riders who think they have right of way all the time, even when they don't," she said.
"And that's what this day is about, explaining to riders that there are rules they have to follow."
Rider Doug Fielding, 81, has been using a scooter for about a year and said he had mostly had good experiences when sharing the footpath with pedestrians.
"You get the occasional one or two that are a bit selfish," Mr Fielding said.
"But most of the time people respect you and I get some waves from time to time."
He said the session had answered some questions he had about wearing a seatbelt when riding a scooter.
"I wasn't sure if you had to wear it if you had one, but as I found out today, you do," he said.
"Very informative, yes."